When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.
|Recommendations to Education, Department of|
To assist the district with establishing priorities, and to ensure that the public is aware of those priorities, the state superintendent should direct his state administrator to develop annual performance objectives and an action plan to address FCMAT's findings and recommendations. Such an action plan should describe for the public why certain findings were prioritized and what steps the state administrator plans to take to improve the district's FCMAT scores.
To provide the public an opportunity to fully understand the requirements for and the progress made toward restoring local control to the district's governing board, the state superintendent should direct his state administrator to establish a web page on the district's website listing the specific exit criteria, indicating which criteria have been satisfied, and what the state administrator's and state superintendent's expectations and plans are for satisfying remaining exit requirements. One way the state superintendent could do this would be to provide regularly updated information in a format that is similar to the information we present in the Appendix of this audit report.
To provide the public an opportunity to fully understand the requirements for and the progress made toward restoring local control to the district's governing board, the state superintendent should direct his state administrator to establish regular advisory board agenda items to answer the public's questions concerning the efforts made toward achieving the exit criteria.
|Recommendations to Legislature|
To ensure a transparent and accountable process, any future state emergency funding for a school district appropriated by the Legislature should specifically require the state superintendent to document the selection and appointment process of a state administrator, including the rationales for progressing certain candidates once screened or reasons that particular individuals were ultimately selected to serve as state administrator. Additionally, it should define the county superintendent's role in the appointment process for a state administrator.
|No Action Taken|